FDA Streamlining Voluntary Cosmetic Registration, With Participation On The Rise
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
New accounts are up 156% from 2014 in FDA’s Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program, according to FDA, which has made improvements to streamline the submission process for participants and lighten the load on agency staffers. Further changes recommended by industry are currently under consideration.
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